Archive for September 2017

Interview with Druid author Brendan Howlin

Sep 29th, 2017 | By

Brendan Howlin is the author of The Handbook of Urban Druidry, and Pagan Portals The Urban Ovate. He’s a scientist by day, and an OBOD mentor. Nimue: What are you working on at the moment? Brendan: Working on book three about the Druid grade in an urban environment and going really slowly because the day

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Excerpt from San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom

Sep 27th, 2017 | By

This is an excerpt from San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom, by Ross Heaven. San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi) is a tall blue-green cactus reaching heights of 23 feet (7m) or more. It enjoys a tough desertlike environment and grows readily in the highest parts of its native Peru, but can also be found in central and

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Featured author – Emma Restall Orr

Sep 25th, 2017 | By

Emma Restall Orr (aka Bobcat) has had a huge impact on Druidry around the world, as the UK’s first prominent female Druid, and as one of the leading voices in developing animistic, experiential Druidry. It is her language of mud, blood and ancestors that encouraged many modern Druids to leave the pristine white robes behind them

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Contemplating Balance

Sep 23rd, 2017 | By

Equinoxes always seem like an invitation to contemplate balance, in all its many forms. So much of the natural world depends on complex balances – a delicate web of interrelations we humans have, in our ignorance, seen fit to mess with. Balance is inherently delicate, something we forget at our peril. There are lots of

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The Storms of Alban Elfed

Sep 21st, 2017 | By

by Mabh Savage Druids call this time of year ‘The light of the water’, which, apart from being superbly poetic, is perfect for our British autumn. There is certainly plenty of water; storm Aileen (come on, Aileen! Sorry… sorry…) has hit hard across the country, with 75mph winds and flash floods. I saw evidence of

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Pagan Poetry – Ink Cap

Sep 19th, 2017 | By

By Mabh Savage   Invisible invader of my lawn One day here, next gone Or so it seems Made from the essence of dreams. From purest white to shaggy black Forcing through the earthy crack Twixt cyclamen and grass You are the season come to pass. I watch you flake; like ash Into the wind,

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Seasonal Wild Sleeping

Sep 17th, 2017 | By

In Turning the Wheel, Bard and author Kevan Manwaring spends a year exploring the British landscape, seasonal festivities and folklore. Here’s an early September moment and some notes on wild sleeping… Feeling I had honoured Boreas, I went to the ‘Hermit’s Cell’, the remains of a roundhouse nearby: a low circular enclosure of stones, with

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S. Kelley Harrell and Teen Shamanism

Sep 15th, 2017 | By

S. Kelley Harrell is the author of Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism. I asked her how she came to her path, and this is what she said… “My path came to me. I saw the dead as a child and it terrified me. I didn’t have an elder or anyone who understood what it was

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Pagan poetry – Brambling

Sep 13th, 2017 | By

By Mabh Savage Caught red handed, Well, purple really, Juice dripping down Guilty chin. Bucket half full Promising wine, crumbles, pies; All lies If I don’t stop eating them Along the trail. These jewels are not just mine I share them with Doves, pigeons, blackbirds Lon Dubh shouting As I invade His sacred space. So

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Reviews for A Mystical Guide to Cleansing and Clearing

Sep 11th, 2017 | By

Spiral Nature have just reviewed David Salisbury’s Mystical guide to Cleaning  and Cleaning “I would recommend A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing to anyone who is just starting on their journey. I would also recommend it to people who have trouble with the cleansing aspect of the work as a way to help them find new

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